Metals and alloys

Metals and alloys are materials that are typically hard, malleable, and have good electrical and thermal conductivity. Alloys are made by melting two or more elements together, at least one of them a metal. They have properties that improve those of the constituent elements, such greater strength or resistance to corrosion.

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    Although precipitates’ compositions are theoretically determined by thermodynamics, their formation kinetics can also lead to composition variations that allow further structural evolution, making the precipitation path more complex.

    • Emmanuel Clouet
    Nature Materials 17, 1060-1061
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    Advanced characterization and modelling techniques provide unique insights into oxidant transport processes in growing scales of high-temperature alloys and alloy design for improving their degradation resistance in harsh environments.

    • Brian Gleeson
    Nature Materials 17, 574-576
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    In situ transmission electron microscopy resolves atomic structures and dislocation dynamics of surface segregation, providing insights that open a pathway to new advances in interface engineering.

    • Simon P. Ringer
    Nature Materials 17, 10-12
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    Additive manufacturing has been used to fabricate a common stainless steel, which imparts a unique microstructure to this material, making it stronger and more ductile than that produced with conventional methods.

    • Iain Todd
    Nature Materials 17, 13-14